US Coast Guard Licensing

U.S. Coast Guard Licenses

One of Maritime College's signature programs is the U.S. Coast Guard license. 

Many of our academic programs offer a Coast Guard license as an option or requirement of the degree. Earning a Coast Guard license qualifies you to work onboard a commercial vessel and is not affiliated with the military.

There are two kinds of Coast Guard licenses:

  • Deck licenses mean you are qualified to navigate a vessel, handle cargo and plan voyages.

  • Engine licenses mean you can operate and repair a vessel's engine and related systems, including electric, heating and ventilation.

To earn a U.S. Coast Guard license, you must be part of the regiment of cadets, a disciplined lifestyle program. You must also take additional license courses and sit for the U.S. Coast Guard exam, a series of seven or eight exams. 

Summer Sea Term

All students in the license program go on summer sea term, where they are responsible for navigating and powering the college's 565-foot long Training Ship Empire State VI around East Coast, Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea.

All students complete their first, 45-day summer sea term after their freshman year. After sophomore year, most students complete a second 45-day cruise, although some of the program's best students pursue experience at sea through the cadet-shipping program.

All students complete their final, 90-day summer sea term after their junior year.

Cadet-Shipping Program

The cadet-shipping program is similar to a professional internship, but onboard a marine vessel.

Most cadet-shipping students complete their assignments over the summer.

The cadet-shipping program is highly competitive and offers students a different kind of professional experience than summers aboard the training ship Empire State VI.